Foreign News: Never Tell Paris

Even Frenchmen inured to the back biting and cynical misbehavior of their politicos were shocked last week by a sensational trial in Paris. Eighteen months ago André Baranès, a devious little Tunisian newspaperman and police informer, was arrested for transmitting vital French defense secrets to a Communist newspaper publisher. Baranés claimed he had got the information from two assistants of respected, 50-year-old Jean Mons, secretary general of the Defense Committee (France's rough equivalent of the U.S.'s National Security Council). Last week, as the trial of Mons, Baranés and the two aides opened, a...

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